Common weevils found in beans are the cowpea weevil, Callosobruchus maculatus; broad bean
weevil, Bruchus rufimanus; and the bean weevil, Acanthoscelides obtectus. Adult weevils
found in beans are relatively small beetles, 0.13 - 0.2 inch in length, somewhat teardrop or triangular
in shape, and dull-colored with white, reddish, or black markings.
Weevil eggs may be glued to the bean or the pod (cowpea weevil), glued to green pods (broad bean weevil), or laid loosely among beans or through cracks in the pods (bean weevil). The larval and pupal stages are spent inside the bean. Adults emerge from beans through a round hole in the bean seed coat. Bean weevil infestations can start in the garden or in trash beans. Damage is a combination of feeding and contamination.
Damage may occur in the garden or in storage. Weevil larvae feed within the bean pod and consume
nearly the entire bean contents.
Be sure seeds are free of weevils before planting. Remove and destroy bean plants immediately after
harvest. Treatment with insecticides is not recommended.
Cowpea weevil eggs
Cowpea weevil larva (bottom) and pupa (top)
Cowpea weevil emergence holes